Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Advanced Ski touring / off piste

Today with the promise of to the good visibility we chose the Cairgorms for our advanced ski touring day. However, the clag often hugs the cairngorm plateau and indeed it did today.
We went over to Ben Macdui via Corrie an Lochain and had to point to point navigate on compass bearings as the clous was down. From the summit we skied initially very hard icy snow then hero snow down to the Larig Ghru and booted up Lurchers crag and skied Lurchers gully back to the car park. We looked at snow stability, kick turning, choosing safe lines and off piste ski technique (and the use of essential off piste catch phases such as 'dude', 'awesome' and not forgetting 'radical')
The snow stability was very good, there is evidence of old avalanche activity on all aspects but there was only a very small amount of very localised new slab built up from cross winds in the sides of SW facing gullies. There was still a layer about 6 inches down on a pit dug at about 800m on a south facing slopes which did fail on a strong pull which i was surprised had survived the recent thaw, but the pack was not too worrying on the whole.

1 comment:

Anne said...

Sounds like a great adventure and you have posted it in precise details. Interesting read.
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